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of afghanistan today ordered all u.s. special operations forces to leave an embattled area of that country within two weeks because of torture and other allegations against afghans working with the americans. the area is wardak province, not far from kabul. for more on this, we turn to nbc pentagon correspondent, jim miklaszewski. jim, what is this all about? >> lester, this order today shocked u.s. defense and military officials, taken totally by surprise. military officials strongly deny u.s. commandos condone or took part in any kidnappings, torture or murders of afghan civilians or suspects. now, in the past, president karzai has taken the u.s. military to task, in part, to show the afghan people that he's in charge. but wardak province is a taliban stronghold, one of the hottest combat areas in afghanistan. so if karzai's playing politics here, it's an extremely dangerous game, lester. >> could this derail the planned 2014 withdrawal of the majority of troops, the schedule the administration is currently sticking with? >> well, people are already wondering that. president obama has already a
information regarding u.s. consulate attack in benghazi. some say after next week's recess, though, hagel will be ultimately confirmed. >>> during a live streaming google hangout chat thursday president obama defended his administration's use of drones in the war on terror insisting everything the government has done is legal. he did admit the public should know more about how that program works. >> what i think is absolutely true is that it is not sufficient for citizens to just take my word for it that we're doing the right thing. >> a classified memo recently revealed u.s. citizens suspected of terrorism have been targets of drone attacks and strikes. when asked if the u.s. could target americans on american soil, the president said no. >>> olympian oscar pistorius is behind bars. he's accused of shooting his model girlfriend, reeva steenkamp inside his home, a crime prosecutors said was premeditat premeditated. he walked into court with his head bowed and broke down in tears. they have given few details other than she died of multiple gunshot wounds. earlier reports speculated she mig
attacks against 141 u.s. companies spanning 20 industries. whose building is it? according to a new report confirmed by u.s. intelligence, it's the headquarters of unit 61398, the cyber warriors for china's peoples liberation army. >> i think it was time to let the world know, it's actually not just from china, it's the chinese government sanctioning these attacks. >> reporter: among the targets of china's hackers, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets of chinese hackers, familiar brand names like coca-cola, facebook, "the new york times," "washington post" and "wall street journal," and only today, apple. the hackers have user names like ugly gorilla and doda. according to this instructional manual from mandia, the computer security firm that did the study. >> here we see doda logging into one of his operational accounts. he has used this account for spear phishing and generating additional e-mail accounts. >> reporter: what is spear
against u.s. companies. >> reporter: why is china so aggressive? >> china needs to maintain a very high rate of economic development to keep their citizens happy, to keep their citizens willing to tolerate the kind of oppressive government they've got. >> reporter: president obama signed an executive order last week permitting intelligence agencies to share classified threat data with targeted companies. and calling for voluntary standards to protect vital sectors. banking, the power grid, transportation from attacks. many from china. congress refused to pass legislation last year to improve cyber defenses. republicans objected to new regulations and civil liberties groups worried about privacy. how vulnerable is america? only today the state department is investigating whether one of its associated websites was hacked last night by the activist group known as "anonymous." the attorney general today quoted cyber security experts as saying america now has two types of companies. those who know they have been hacked and those who don't know it yet. brian? >> andrea mitchell in our d.c. ne
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last september 11th. >>> well, it may be appropriate timing on this valentine's day. a major corporate marriage made official. american airlines and usairways are now one giant airline. the largest in all the world. it's a deal designed to pull american out of bankruptcy and make it better able to compete in the big leagues. but what does it mean for all us air travelers? our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> reporter: since 1934, american airlines has been a corporate icon. helping to build new york's laguardia airport, hiring the first female airline pilot, the first electronic tickets. ♪ something special in the air >> reporter: but after years of struggle, it surrendered to bankruptcy protection in late 2011. today, a lifeline in the form of an $11 billion merger with usairways. >> we will once again be an industry leader, worthy of the name american airlines. america's flag carrier. >> reporter: if approved, the deal would make american the world's largest airline. but after so many mergers in recent years, only four airlines,
but secure. >> reporter: in the rugged terrain south of tucson, arizona, advocates concerned about u.s. border security took matters into their own hands and placed motion-sensitive hidden cameras on known smuggling trails and this is their video, revealing wave after wave of mexican drug and immigrant smugglers, some of them heavily armed, who cross the border and travel miles north inside the united states. >> you got a trail coming in. >> reporter: it's why rancher david beckham made the painful decision to move his family off his land, 12 miles north of the mexican border, because of all the armed smugglers crossing his property, threatening his home. >> it was unsafe. i couldn't -- i couldn't see raising our children -- you know, i was afraid to let the kids go out, even during the day. >> reporter: residents here in this rugged desert say in the daytime, it is relatively quiet, but all of that changes as night falls and the land comes alive. recently, neighboring rancher jim chilton found a mexican drug smuggler's camp on his land, ten miles north of the border. the next day ther
states will say that he defrauded the government by racing for the u.s. government. and getting funds for the team. armstrong raced for the postal service more than a decade ago. >> the countdown is on to the oscars with that said, we roll out the red carpet. this is the scene today at the dolby theater in hollywood. final preparations for sunday's academy awards. the awards are down in hollywood,ut the bay area is well represented. jennifer is nominated as one of the executive producers for the invisible war. it exposes the epidemic of rape in the u.s. military. and pixar is nominated for "brave." >> and first lady michelle obama created a memorable video with jimmy fallon. i know the moves. jimmy fallon dressed up like a mom and put on the evolution of mom dancing with mrs. obama. one thing is for sure, shes that moves. >> well, coming up, a cheer leader in the national spotlight. we will show you what she did. stay with us. >> okay, when someone makes a half court shot? basketball, it's usually amazing. but this shot did not come from a player, took a look is she a cheer leader? ye
math skills to compare the cost of deportation versus the value young immigrants contribute as u.s. citizens. the campaign produced a clip to promote the dream act. the video ends with news that parker was just accepted into a master's program at yale. >> if the dream act doesn't pass by the time he graduates, he will no choice but to take a job where someone pays him under the table. >> which means the president of the berkeley math club will be doing some hard manual labor. >> the dream act would open the path to citizenship for park and 2 million other young people brought to the u.s. as kids. >>> go on a police ride-along from your own couch. still ahead at 6:00, the unique social media event happening right now in the bay area. also -- >> pets accidentally killed, lost, injured, all in the care of the airlines. an nbc bay area investigation, what happens when some animals are shipped in cargo. >>> and a warning for wine lovers. why the nice weather could cost you money. >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri in the nbc bay area weather center. we are tracking some rare february he
challenge, this one from the u.s. government and it could cost him millions of dollars. more about that, coming up in a few moments. >>> if you are a parent, likely it's happened. your parents whining and crying about not wanting to go to bed. >> never. never, sawyer. >> one little boy in massachusetts took it a step further. called 911. mom and dad, i'll show you. a tale of the tape and what his mom had to say about it, coming up. >> that is a good one. may have tried karoke singing, chances are, you have never done it inside a taxi. we'll show you -- introduce you to the karoke cab. a big hit. you can see why. jena rocking it out. and we'll give it a whirl on the plaza. may want to turn down the sound for that part. >> hard to top the rehearsal, 6:00 out on the cold plaza. >> out there in the rain. >> with nothing to drink. >> maybe we will be warmed up in the next couple of hours. >> no water? >> you know what i meant. karoke. >>> we begin with wintry weather hitting coast to coast. dylan is tracking the storm. keeping you busy. >> for sure. we have a lot of wet weather to talk about
japan but they will confirm its tsunami debris. last year, the u.s. military boat recovered a japanese buoy off the big island of hawaii. >>> moving to other news, american airlines and us airways making it official this valentine's day. yes, they are getting married. a merger scott mcgrew says doesn't have a whole lot of romance. >> good morning. the strange thing about this new marriage is executives at american didn't want it. us airways has been trying to find a partner for quite some time and it found one in american. although the new airline will be called american, it's really us airways. the smaller company taking over the bigger company. us airways is generally not the favorite of travelers or travel riders. one airline executive went so far as to call us airways the ugly person that nobody wanted to marry. he's since apologized. what does all this mean to you and you? frequent flyer miles are not affected, at least for now. it will be a couple of years before they do that. if you have tickets for both, you can't combine miles together, at least not yet. the actual tickets and
. $10,000 for bruce lee items. $5,100 for fur capes and parkas. and $5,000 for a football signed by u.s. presidents. >> using campaign contributions for these kinds of personal expenditures is way over the line. you just can't do it. >> reporter: jackson's wife sandra was also charged with income tax evasion in the case. "i offer no excuses for my conduct," jackson said in his statement. "i want to offer my sincerest apologies to my family, my friends, and all of my supporters for my errors in judgment." jackson resigned last november just weeks after easily winning re-election. while he dropped from public view last year and said he was being treated for bipolar disorder, fbi agents were closing in, initially investigating allegations one of his fundraisers offered to raise campaign cash for now convicted illinois governor rod blagojevich in exchange for naming jackson to fill barack obama's senate seat. ♪ today at a rally held by operation push, the group founded by his father, family members stood by jackson. >> we can make it through this period of time. i love my brother. i will
defeated the heavily favored soviets in the semifinals of the lake placid winter classic game. the u.s. would of course go on to win the gold. >> announcer: "early today" sports is brought to you by touch of gray. get rid of some gray. never all. >>> just ahead, spoiler alert for the academy awards. we've got a source that has a 97% accuracy record for picking oscars' winners. coming up next. >>> welcome back. the weekend forecast is kind of split. the northwest getting a big rain storm and windstorm. today we'll continue with damp with showery type weather. down in the south we won't warm up too much in california. 69 in l.a. today, 65 in vegas. again the rain and the wind will end this afternoon, at least the heaviest of it in the northwest. saturday behind the front temperatures a little bit cooler. more instability showers. towards the oscars on sunday l.a. looking good not too hot, not too cold. no complaints there at 68 degrees. not bad. that way other not sweating. women won't be too cold. >> good red carpet weather. >> speaking of the oscars -- spoiler alert in entertainment, t
's dance moves, mrs. obama gave him a "b." >>> the jersey worn by the captain of the u.s. olympic hockey team which won the so-called miracle on ice went up for auction. the game took place in the 1980 winter games and is widely considered one of the greatest sporting events ever played. the mostly amateur team usa beat a dominant russian squad 4-3 before going on to win cold. the jersey is expected to win at least $1 million. >>> at least one midwestern resident enjoyed the terrible weather that region has seen this past week. berlin the bear. appeared to have a grand old time frolicking around in the snow like a puppy. berlin is being housed at a zoo in kansas city because her normal home in duluth is flooded. >>> from the music world a sad note to report about the passing of a one-time member of the temptations. ♪ >> otis harris sang the lead on the 1972 hit "papa was a rolling stone." he was the youngest member of the group, auditioning when he was just 21 years old. he earned three grammy awards with the temptations before leaving the group in 1975. his family tells us wilson died
military honor. keating, afghanistan, 2009, oo 200 u.s. soldiers against nearly 400 call ban. enemy fire from every direction. three u.s. soldiers killed in the first hour. >> they held out as long as they could but the overwhelming fire made it impossible to do anything but sit there and take it. >> staff sergeant clinton romesha took out an enemy machine squad before grenade shrapnel blasted his hip, arm and neck. but he kept on fighting. >> i knew i had been hit but i could still walk and talk and run. i was good to go. >> thinking victory was theirs, the taliban fighters entered the out post. >> they think we're all dead. all right, guys, let's get them for this and let's show them we're still here and still kicking. >> eight u.s. soldiers were killed and romesha led the firefight to drive the taliban out and get the bodice of his american comrades. >> you won't beat down that spirit that we will win. we were going to win that battle. >> this week, president obama awarded romesha the medal of honor. >> this is our nation's highest military declaration. it reflects the gratitude of ou
and that tomorrow the vatican will issue a statement. erica? >> anne, we're hearing plenty at home in the u.s. former archbishop of los angeles also facing problems with a priest sexual abuse scandal there. >> reporter: he is. that's cardinal roger mahoney. yesterday he was deposed for almost four hours. he was asked by lawyers what he knew about a visiting mexican priest who was accused of abusing some 26 children in the 1980s. court documents released earlier this year showed cardinal mahoney played a role in shielding abusive priests. some u.s. catholics called on mahoney not to come to rome to vote for the new pope. mahoney says he intends to participate. >> anne, thank you. in washington, time is really ticking for the president and congress to reach a deal. otherwise, there will be massive spending cuts you keep hearing so much about. the sequester that could have a major effect on you. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press". good morning. boy, i feel like we say this a lot. but with good reason. broken record yet again. first, just give us a quick sense of what this could actua
to the meeting because they are frustrated that the u.s. and europe have refused to provide arms and other aid and create a no-fly zone. secretary clinton had proposed that along with defense secretary leon panetta last year, at least proposed arming and training some rebel groups but the president rejected that plan last year. tomorrow, of course, the biggest problem, the biggest obstacle that the new secretary of state, john kerry, will face to getting rid of the assad regime is russia. he will meet tomorrow in berlin with the russian foreign leader. that's a very big challenge. as he continues what he's calling a listening tour, nine countries in 11 days. natalie? >> andrea mitchell, traveling with the secretary in london, this morning, thank you. # >>> more legal trouble for the >>> more legal trouble for the pistorius family this morning as it's revealed the so-called blade runner's older brother is facing vehicular manslaughter charges for the death of a woman in a 2008 auto accident. meantime oscar pistorius is free on bail as he awaits murder charges in the death of reeva steenka steen
cruise ships are registered in foreign countries and not subject to u.s. taxes and many regulations. the "triumph" is incorporated in the bahamas. >> this industry is unregulated because they have successfully hidden behind their foreign flags. >> reporter: in 2010, congress did pass the cruise vessel security and safety act, mandating better crime reporting at sea. but critics say it's not enough. >> there's no reason when a ship is mechanically deficient, operating out of the united states, that the united states cannot take action against the cruise lines. >> reporter: the industry says it has improved, implementing new safety policies following a string of disasters last year. like the cost of "concordia" and the cost of "allegra." >> this is already a heavily regulated industry. it's regulated at both international levels and national levels. and the enforcement occurs in multiple layers. >> reporter: dar says on any given day there are some 280 cruise ships on the open seas. carrying about 300,000 passengers. for those considering any kind of travel, the most important informa
authority is the lead investigator. both the u.s. coast guard and the national transportation safety board, the ntsb, are heavily involved, interviewing passengers and crew, trying to determine why the fire broke out and how it was handled and ultimately trying to prevent something like this from ever happening again. lester? >> thanks. the ordeal on the carnival "triumph" was difficult for everyone on board. for some, it did become a dire emergency. our chief medical correspondent, dr. nancy snyderman, has a story of one family's dream cruise that turned into a hair-raising evacuation on the high seas. [ cheers ] >> they're safe! >> thank you. >> reporter: their trip was supposed to be a birthday party and family reunion at sea. planned for more than a year and including 31 relatives. >> for me it was the most scariest part. i thought they're here for my birthday. >> reporter: this trip of a lifetime was ruined when at 5:30 last sunday the ship's p.a. system sounded alarms. their thoughts instantly turned to one member -- rachel alderett, 54 years old and suffering kidney disease. she nee
trick to the u.s. john covered the vatican for 30 years. >> he will be remembered as the pope who resigned, without a doubt. and i think it may be the finest legacy to the church. he brought the papacy into the modern age. >> to choose the successor is somewhere between march 15th and march 020th. all the cardinals who will vote are coming to rome on february 28th. watch this week to see if we get a new date for the concave. >> ann, thank you. >> time for a check of the morning's other top stories. jenna enjoys the morning off. tom, good morning. >> good morning, everyone. a traumatic experience for a minnesota family flying to atlanta when a woman said the man silting next to her on the plane slapped her toddler on the face. you would have no idea anything bad happened to him. when he became fussy the man called him derogatory names and slapped him. the man accused of slapping the little boy was arrested. >>> violence overseas after a series of car bombs in baghdad. iraqi officials say they were targeting outdoor markets. >>> in nigeria, seven workers kidnapped from the work site
for. >> reporter: no indication yet the horse meat labeled beef has reached the u.s., but be sure the meat you're buying is what the label says it is. that butcher is the kind of guy who knows everyone's name, customers trust him. the trouble is, david, of course, that kind of service can cost you more, and when you're trying to feed a family, every dollar counts. >> thanks very much this morning. savannah? >>> a massive sculpture commemorating a special moment in american history is making waves this morning along san diego's waterfront. kristen dahlgren to explain. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. san diego is a big military town, so many people see this as incredibly patriotic. others just see it as an eyesore. people have actually resigned over it. take a look. 25-foot, 14,000-pound statue is causing a plus-sized controversy. it is one of history's most iconic images, the photograph taken at the end of world war ii has become larger than life, but not everyone likes how literally one artist took that. >> the ultimate in bad taste. >> reporter: the 25-foot bro
the magistrate to rule u.s. a schedule 6 offense, schedule six offense in south africa are the maximum and if convicted, on a schedule 6 offense such as murder, you have to prove it's premeditated murder, and those carry life sentences, so if he is convicted off a schedule 6 offense, the earliest he'll be he eligible for parole is 25 years' time. his defense team argued it was actually a schedule 5 offense, a lesser offense, not premeditated and almost an accidental killing. but they were unfortunately unsuccessful. so he's now facing the very severe possibility of being locked up for life. >> graham hoskins, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> absolutely a pleasure. >> his state of mind, too, as you know, is something that people will comment about. his weeping in court and then whatnot. it's going to be a factor, each if it's not a jury trial. >> i was going to say, the big difference, it's a judge hearing the evidence in the case. jurors tend to be more persuaded by things like celebrity, emotion inside a courtroom. this will be extremely fractured. cases like a locked door. why wo
. >>> zeroed in on that shanghai nondiscrypt neighborhood and 12 story building. cyber attacks against 141 u.s. companies spanning 20 industries. according to a new security report, confirmed by u.s. intelligence, the it is the headquarters of unit 61398, the cyber warriors for china's people's liberty. army. >> it's actually not just from china. the chinese government sanctioning these attacks. >> among the targets of the hackers, america's very infrastructure. >> now our enemies are seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. >> reporter: other targets, the news media, including "the new york times," the washington post and "wall street journal" and familiar brands like coca cola, facebook. and now apple. the hackers have names like ugly gorilla and dota, according to this instructional video from the computer security firm that did the study. >> here we see dota logging into one of its e-mail accounts. >> reporter: how does it work? the attackers penetrate a computer sending deceptive e-mails, trick ing users to clicking on a
: the judge just upped pistorius' bail to 1 million ran, the equivalent of 112,000 u.s. dollars and lots of conditions on this. pistorius has to surrender his passport, firearms, can't use drugs or alcohol, can't return to the crime scene which is his home. he needs permission to leave his town and has to check in with police twice a week. savannah? >> all right. michele kosinski with the breaking news in south africa. let's turn to john cue kelly a defense attorney who's got a lot of experience covering trials. john, good morning to you. >> how are you doing? >> good. let's look at this bail decision in perspective. i mean on the one hand, we saw a judge who really ripped the prosecution's case, aspects of it, called into question aspects of pistorius' story. does the bail decision have any real influence on what will ultimately happen at trial? >> no, it doesn't. it did give us a good look in terms of how the evidence will be received at trial. the judge didn't base his bail decision just on the strength or weakness of the prosecution's case. it had a lot to do with the community ties
has been investigating nasa for the past four years. the congressmen say the u.s. attorney's office in northern californ wants to bring criminal charges, but has been blocked by the justice department. the u.s. attorney's office denies that claim. >>> several people are hurt this morning after a police chase ends with a shooting in san francisco. police say a stolen town car tried to get away from officers near the intersection of eddy and jones streets. after a short chase t car swerved on to the sidewalk to avoid spike strips. one officer shot at the car which kept going before crashing into a taxi and two other cars. the suspect is now under arrest, four other people are hurt. >>> we'll take a look at the forecast. >>> 9:28. welcome back. taking a live look at the hills in sunol. beautiful clear sky overhead. we need the rain to keep these hills green and it's on the way. but not before we get to 80 in some places. 45 degrees in san jose, 44 in gilroy. look at santa rosa, they're still at 35 degrees because we had a stubborn pocket of fog that hung out there all day. it's our tur
, in ninth grade. he hadn't had u.s. history yet. i didn't think that he was going to get the question about history when i saw the category military guys because even in the turn he hadn't been getting a lot of the military or american history questions. >> wow! sizing up the competition. >> we're going to play our own game of jeopardy right now. >> it's all on you. it's all on him. >> no, it's not. >> yes, it is. >> we didn't rig it like that. which president was the only one to be elected twice but not in a row? was it -- [ buzzer ] >> grover cleveland. >> yeah, it was grover cleveland. yeah. >> very good. >> all right. >> we're doing great so far. >> when you say "we." >> you mean leonard? >> me and leonard. >> i was actually going to give you a multiple choice. >> i don't think that's going to be happening a lot. >> i wouldn't have even needed to know a president. which president gave camp david its name after his father and grandson? >> eisenhower. >> dwight d. eisenhower is correct. that's an old person answer. >> that's good. tied 1-1 now. >> question three, folks. here we go. which
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